How to Use a Root Rake


Root rakes are generally used to remove large debris from a patch of ground, especially when it may lie half a foot underneath broken topsoil. Also referred to as "wheel rakes," root rakes, which may be up to 24 feet wide, are attached to work blades on heavy-duty industrial vehicles for use after an area has been plowed. Their teeth can penetrate as much as a foot underground to cull roots and other material.

Things You'll Need

  • Industrial vehicle
  • Mounting brackets (may be included with root rake)
  • Lock pins
  • Owner's manual for industrial vehicle
  • Pitchfork
  • Center the root rake on your vehicle's work blade. The work blade must be lifted high enough off the ground for the root rake to slide underneath. If the work blade or root rake has a middle upright beam, use that to aid in centering.

  • Fit the root rake's mounting brackets around the vehicle's work blade and secure them with the appropriate lock pins. Root rakes are normally installed using two mounting brackets. Keep the fit between the root rake and the work blade snug so that the root rake doesn't jump around the blade during use.

  • Turn on the vehicle.

  • Engage the work blade on the industrial vehicle so that the root rake is comfortably off the ground. Reference the owner's manual for your vehicle for specific instructions.

  • Drive the vehicle to where the root rake will sit in front of the newly plowed patch of ground. Engage the work blade to drop the root rake to the ground.

  • Drive the vehicle forward through the plowed area. As you pass through, the root rake will collect large debris, leaving the finer soil behind.

  • Stop the vehicle when you have raked the entire area. Raise the root rake off the ground and use a pitchfork or similar tool to clear debris from the root rake and onto the ground.

Tips & Warnings

  • Debris that is piled by a root rake should be left until dry and cleared away with an industrial lifting tool, such as an articulated loader.

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